Sunday 20 November 2016 - Abe Gashahun and Foiteyn Tesfaye, both relatively new and unknown young athletes, were the surprise winners of the 16th edition of the Great Ethiopian Run 10km international road race earlier today.
Abe Gashahun won in a tight sprint finish ahead of Kenyan athlete Jorum Lumbasi, who became the first Kenyan male to place in the top three since Nathan Naibei finished 2nd here in 2005. Four athletes had entered the final home straight locked together and Gashahun only clinched victory in the final few metres of the race.
Gashahun who is coached by Haji Ajilo comes from Debre Birhan, 120km northeast of Addis Ababa, and had travelled to the capital yesterday for this race.
“I have competed abroad only twice until now, both times in France. I hope that my win today will give me more opportunities to compete in international races abroad, “he said after the race.
The women’s winner Foiteyn Tesfaye who was also appearing in the race for the first time surprised better known names in the race. Tesfaye runs for the Messebo club based in the northern province of Tigray and is still relatively new to the racing scene in Addis Ababa.
South African distance running legend Hendrick Ramaala will be one of the guests of the 2016 TOTAL Great Ethiopian Run, organisers announced earlier today.
Starting in 1995 Ramaala’s career at the top of world distance running lasted for more than 15 years and included two silver medals at the World Half Marathon Championships in 1998 and 1999. He also ran under 28 minutes for 10,000m on 11 occasions which also included his South African National Record of 27:29, a mark which still stands today.
A regular member of the South African athletics team, Ramaala competed at three Olympic Games. He also holds the best time for a South African runner for the 20km and the half-marathon and the second fastest behind Gert Thys for the marathon with a best time of 2 hours 6 minutes and 55 seconds set in 2006.
October 6 2016 Great Ethiopian Run today launches its official fundraising campaign “Running for a cause” in connection with the 16th edition of the 2016 Total Great Ethiopian Run planned for Sunday 20 November and registration for 10th edition of the 2016 Plan International Ethiopia children races planned for 19 November.
The official fundraising campaign “Running for a cause” the last 3 years alone has risen over $200,000 and has set higher fund raising target of 1.5 million birr this year. Great Ethiopian Run Race Director Ermias Ayele pledges to participants “make a smaller effort to run for a good cause to support others in need”. Beneficiaries of the fundraising are selected by
October 18, 2016 For those who have booked a holiday in Ethiopia, or who are planning to visit and who may be aware that Ethiopia has recently declared a state of emergency, you may wish to be informed of the current situation.
The temporary state of emergency is to maintain sustainable peace and stability in the country and is a precautionary measure. Visitor safety and wellbeing is of paramount importance in Ethiopia – the Land of Origins.There is a normal police presence, but no military personnel patrol the streets in Addis Ababa or elsewhere.
Ethiopia is visited by over 750,000 people from all over the world every year, and was named as the World’s Best Tourism Destination 2015 by the European Council on Tourism and Trade. Those travelling to the Land of Origins this season are assured of a trip as enjoyable as ever. It is as safe now for tourists and business visitors to travel in Ethiopia as it has been for the last twenty-two years since the new constitution has been introduced.
Travellers to Ethiopia will find that all tourist areas of the country are safe, with no curfews. Caution when travelling at the borders is advised, as it is with travel to the extreme western and eastern regions of the country. This is the normal advice, and is due to the relative instability of portions of neighboring countries. Ethiopia’s reputation for welcoming, traditional hospitality is as justly deserved as always. Communications are working, with good internet connectivity and flights from 93 international cities providing business as usual.
September 4th, 2016 – Bishoftu, Ethiopia – Today The Coca-Cola Company celebrates successful completion of the 2016 Copa Coca-Cola National Tournament championship games. The Coca-Cola Company wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude and respect to the thousands of Ethiopian youth who made the commitment to participate in the 2016 Copa Coca-Cola games and pledge allegiance to a fair game. It is encouraging to have enthusiastic and energetic players from around the country hoping to build professional careers in football.